Today I received one of the loveliest surprises I could have hoped for. I noticed a section on Amazon below my book, that I'd not seen before. It turned out that it was the book ranking. I had to do a double take because I couldn't quite believe my eyes!
My very first Bertram Bile book that I released just a few days ago, was sat at position 26 on the Amazon Best Seller list for children's books on the Amazon UK site. When I did a bit more digging, it was ranked at 3 in the German store, and at 2 for children's steampunk stories in the USA. It was performing well across multiple categories, albeit niche, but a ranking is still a ranking and I'll take that as a win.
What boosted my ego more, was seeing my little book, with Charles Dickens above it, and Roald Dahl below. Given that Dahl is my all time favourite author on the planet, to be ranking above him on anything is simply incredible. And right now when I checked back to see if the rank had slipped, it had actually jumped up again!!
If that wasn't the encouragement I needed to write, then I don't know what else would work. Let's hope that I can continue the good work. In the meantime, here is the second book in the series for you to enjoy for free over the next five days.